Updated from 6:29 p.m.
Topping the most-actives chart on
ECN tonight was
But while more than 3 million shares of Cisco traded last night on Island, only 69,000 were recently in play tonight. And while volume neared 4 million shares last night on Instinet, it was lately at about 140,000 on the platform.
Last night, the networking-equipment manufacturer reported good news. The bellwether listed earnings of 18 cents a share, beating analyst estimates by a penny, as it has done for the past several quarters. Revenue popped 66% from a year ago, to $6.52 billion from $3.92 billion. And research analysts raised this morning their earnings estimates for Cisco.
Still, Cisco's stock hunkered in negative territory this morning, before it regrouped to finish up $1.63, or 3%, to $56.75. Tonight, the tech company gained 25 cents, or 0.44%, to $57 on Island and advanced 38 cents, or 0.7%, to $57.13 on Instinet.
News that Cisco's inventory stockpile for communications chips rose 59% over last quarter proved to some Wall Streeters that there will be slowdown in demand for chips, hitting the semiconductor sector hard today. The
Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index
dropped 4.05% today.
On the night watch, shares of semiconductor manufacturer
, which plunged 19.4% earlier today, recovered $2.25, or 1.3%, to $179.25. Cisco accounts for about 15% of Broadcom's total revenue.
Similarly, shares of
, a manufacturer of advanced digital subscriber line (DSL) circuits, dropped 25.9% today. Cisco is GlobeSpan's top customer. Tonight, the stock took back $1.63, or 3.23%, to $51.88 on Island.
gained 63 cents, or 0.9%, to $71.13 on Instinet and boosted $1.25, or 1.76%, to $72.25. Investors may have bet that Republican candidate George W. Bush, who is expected to go easy on the software giant in the government's antitrust case, will win the election. At last look, however, the race was still too close to call.
Twilight investors will keep watching.
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